What do you think when someone tells you that they have prayed for you? Are you embarrassed, or confused, or filled with joy? Are you concerned that they have prayed that God would grant something you don’t want? In most cases, I would be extremely grateful that a friend or acquaintance would pray for me, trusting that they would have considered me worthy of their time with God.
I am filled with gratitude when I’m reminded in John 17 that Jesus himself lifted his voice to our Heavenly Father for me – and for every one who has believed in the name of Jesus Christ through the gospel message entrusted to faithful men.
Read John 17:13-21: (NASB)
13 “But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
Amazing isn’t it, that the only begotten Son of God, the promised Messiah and Savior of the world cares about me? I want to trust a friend like that, and pray that you do, too.